Ken Jones–who appeared in the classic 1979 horror film Phantasm–passed away this week. No cause of death was given.
The announcement came from the the film’s writer/director, Don Coscarelli, who tweeted the sad news, according to hollywoodentertainmentnews.com.
“Everyone who came in contact with Ken loved him,” Coscarelli wrote. “He was warm, talented and a devoted family man. The fans loved meeting him in recent years at the conventions, with his loving daughter Jennifer and grandson EJ by his side. Rest in peace, my friend.”
Jones–credited as “Caretaker” in Phantasm–was an integral part of what the director called “the most impactful scene” in the film when his character was impaled through the head by the Tall Man’s silver sphere.
Phantasm–which also starred A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury and Reggie Bannister–follows a teenage boy and his friends as they face off against a mysterious grave robber known as the Tall Man, who uses a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons.
Jones also appeared in the 1993 thriller Hidden Fears with Meg Foster and Frederic Forrest.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.